West Ham United vs Manchester City preview: Trio ruled out of trip to London Stadium

By Ric Turner, Fri 15 September 2023 16:28

West Ham United vs Manchester City preview: Trio ruled out of trip to London StadiumJohn Stones, Jack Grealish and Mateo Kovacic all absent with injury

West Ham United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Sunday 16th September 2023

Venue: London Stadium, London

Referee: Andrew Madley Assistants: H Lennard, N Hopton Fourth Official: T Bramall VAR: D Bond

Odds: West Ham 11/2, Draw 7/2, Man City 1/2

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

West Ham United

Manager: David Moyes

Squad (from): Fabianski, Areola, Anang, Johnson, Cresswell, Zouma, COufal, Mavropanos, Ogbonna, Kehrer, Aguerd, Emerson, Ward-Prowse, Fornla,s Paqueta, Kudus, Alvarez, Soucek, Coventry, Antonio, Cornet, Ings, Bowen, Benrahma, Mubama

Injured: None

Doubtful: Coufal

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol. Akanji, Lewis, Phillips, Rodri, Silva, Gomez, Nunes, Foden, Bobb, Haaland, Doku, Alvarez

Injured: Stones, De Bruyne, Grealish, Kovacic

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWDW

Jack Grealish, John Stones and Mateo Kovacic have all been ruled out of the trip to in-form West Ham United, although manager Pep Guardiola will be back in the dugout following back surgery.

Grealish and Stones both missed England's recent games, but are thought to be nearing a return to action.

"They are both injured. They aren’t able for tomorrow", Guardiola said at Friday's press conference.

"I don’t know (how long for) - I don't think they will be ready for Red Star, but we will see, step by step.

"The injury for Jack is not muscular, but he has an incredible knock on his knee. Still the damage is there.

"John is still a little better, but has a disturbance in his muscles.

"[Kovacic] is something muscular, and not a big issue but he’ll be out for tomorrow."

City won their last game against at the London Stadium 2-0, with a brace from Erling Haaland on his Premier League debut. Overall City have won 61 of the 118 games played against the Hammers, with 19 draws and 38 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol, Rodri, Nunes, Bernardo, Foden, Alvarez, Haaland

Score prediction: West Ham 2 City 2